January 12, 10:00am-12:00pm: Nature Watch through the Seasons – Trees, Hibernation, Tracks. Did you know that nature has a calendar too? Why do certain changes happen to plants and animals at certain times of the year? Join us for a series of walking talks at Walden-Parke Preserve to observe and learn more about these changes. We’ll discuss journals, sketching, and citizen science data as a way to record the changes and when, if, and how to start a collection. There’ll be time for journals and sharing of favorite discoveries at the end of each walk.
Please RSVP by calling or emailing the office – 942-1010 / email@example.com.
Meet at the Tamarack Trail kiosk, Bangor
January 17, 7:30-10:00am: It’s Getting Hot in Here! Opportunities & Challenges for Heat Pump Technology in Maine. Recent studies point to “strategic electrification” as a necessary strategy for New England states seeking to keep energy affordable while meeting carbon reduction targets. Join E2Tech and Efficiency Maine for a discussion of Maine’s growing use of heat pump technology – for heating homes, businesses, and domestic water heating – and its potential to deliver more affordable energy and reduce carbon pollution. Michael Stoddard, Executive Director of Efficiency Maine, will present analysis of how much space and water heating in Northeast states is forecasted to switch to electric in order to meet climate stabilization targets by 2030 and 2050. We will also hear from a panel of experts on the design, operation, and performance of ductless heat pumps and heat pump water heaters as they tackle the challenges of helping Maine contractors, and their customers, to get the most from this equipment.
Registration: E2Tech Member – $15.00; Non-Member – $30.00
Congregation Bet Ha’am, 81 Westbrook Street, South Portland
January 26, 2:00-3:00pm: International Year of the Salmon. MDM celebrates the International Year of the Salmon! Follow the journey of the salmon upstream and explore the many obstacles they might encounter with a playful salmon run obstacle course. Examine a model salmon pen to learn about salmon farming. Make a silly salmon hat and cool salmon art. Recommended for ages 4+ and free with admission!
Tuesdays (January 8, 15, & 22), 11:00-11:30am: Science Detectives. Science for preschoolers, recommended for ages 3+.
Admission: FREE for members! $7.50 general admission.
Maine Discovery Museum, 74 Main Street, Bangor
January 12, 2:00-3:00pm: The Total Lunar Eclipse of January 20th-21st. Shawn Laatsch, Director of the Emera Astronomy Center will share information on the upcoming Total Lunar Eclipse visible here in Maine on January 20 and 21. Join us in the Lecture Hall to learn what causes eclipses, how to view them safely, and why they are important scientific events. The lecture will include images and information from recent eclipses, and a preview of the Total Solar Eclipse in 2024. The presentation will be followed by a time for questions and answers.
Mondays, 11:00am and 4:00pm: Full STEAM Ahead.** A story time for K-3 learners that explores the world of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math through books. Whether we are experimenting with magnets or dissecting owl pellets, this club explores it all!
**Space is limited to 12 children per program. Due to high participation numbers, registration is required (for the semester)! Contact the Children’s Department @ 947-8336 ext 111 or by stopping by the library.
Bangor Public Library, 145 Harlow Street, Bangor
January 12, 10:00am-1:00pm: Makerspace & Tech Sale. Our Makerspace features hands-on activities throughout the center, along with Maine-based creators and inventors who will display their creations. Feed your imagination and ingenuity at this special hands-on event, designed for kids & adults (recommended for youth age 7-99)! You will be able to choose projects, from handicrafts to electronics! Workstations will be setup so you can design, test, build, glue, craft…MAKE! Tech Sale: Challenger will have its very first electronic-themed mini-flea market. Professionals & amateurs will have tables of second-hand items that are “all-things-electronic” for people to purchase. Be inspired by the makerspace activities to purchase items to continue the build/test/tinkering at home! (Don’t forget to bring cash)
Saturday Club (January 5, 19, 26, & February 2) Coding Club (9:00-10:00am) & 3D Print Club (10:00-11:00am). Coding Club (for grades 1-3) will introduce beginning computer programming with coding computer programs online and offline, and even LEGOs! This club is recommended for new and returning students to Challenger. 3D Print Club (for grades 4-7) members will learn the basics operations of a 3-D printer but will spend most of their time learning elements of design and engineering. So that they can design and print one or more objects of their own creation. Students should be curious, willing to explore, and to persevere when redesign is required. All skill levels (beginning and intermediate) are welcome in this club
The cost is $50 for either session to be paid upon acceptance confirmation.
Challenger Learning Center of Maine, 30 Venture Way, Bangor
January 17, 7:00pm: Science Lecture Series, Solar for ME! The Solar Industry in Maine and Beyond is our Science Lecture Series for this month and takes place on Thursday, January 17th at 7:00 pm. Danny Piper, co-owner of Sundog Solar LLC will share how solar energy is being used in our state and how it has tremendous potential for Maine and New England. He will discuss solar policy in our state and region as a whole. Join us for this exciting presentation!
January 20th, 3:30pm: we will showing Totality: Explore the Wonder of Eclipses with a special guide to viewing the Total Lunar Eclipse visible in Maine later that evening. The historic Clark Telescope will open at 9:15 pm for observing the eclipse (weather permitting). Don’t miss this eclipse!
Fridays (January 4, 11, 18, & 25) 7:00pm: Expedition Reef This unique program takes audiences underwater to explore the rain forests of our oceans and how the impact life for us here on Earth. It features a special introduction to marine science and coral reef studies at the University of Maine, and on January 25th we will have a special guest, Dr. Malcolm Shick at the planetarium for a signing of his newly released book Where Corals Lie: A Natural and Cultural History. All programs will include a tour of our night sky with astronomy updates and news from NASA missions.
Sundays (January 6, 13, 20, & 27), 2pm: Magic Treehouse: Space Mission returns as our Sunday afternoon children’s feature. Join Jack and Annie as they go on a quest to solve questions about space and our solar system on Sundays at 2:00 pm this month.
$6 for Adults, $5 for UMaine Students/Senior Citizens, $4 for children 12 and under.
Emera Astronomy Center and M.F. Jordan Planetarium, 167 Rangeley Road, Orono
Now open: Film Contest for Maine middle school students and high school students. Middle schoolers: create a Mock Movie Trailer. High Schoolers: create a short film. More details at the MSF Films page. Films have to be submitted by February 1, 2019. More information: https://www.mainesciencefestival.org/msf-films/
Tickets on-sale now! 2019 MSF Headliner: Science VS. UFO’s, March 16, 2019, 7:30pm at the Gracie Theatre. Science Vs takes on fads, trends, and the internet mob to find out what’s fact, what’s not, and what’s somewhere in between. As the Science Vs team says,” There are a lot of strong opinions, but then there’s SCIENCE.”
This show is brilliant and dead serious about getting to the bottom of its hypotheses. – The Atlantic
In keeping with MSF’s mission to keep the festival as accessible as possible, the tickets are $10/students and $17/public in advance, with a $5 increase at the door. All tickets are general admission. Tickets available via Eventbrite.